Pennsylvania Endorses Mary Ann Lubinsky for National Office

The LAOH State Board of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Schuylkill County Board, John F. Kennedy Division #2 Pottsville and all State Divisions are proud to place into nomination the name of Mary Ann Lubinsky for the office of National Catholic Action Chairperson or any higher National office that may become available.

Mary Ann joined the LAOH in 1994 and received the Major Degrees of the Order in 1995.  She has been very involved with her division, John F. Kennedy #2, Pottsville, PA, previously serving as Irish Historian and Vice-President and is currently in her fifth two-year term as Division President.  Mary Ann established the Division website and also serves as Webmaster.

She was instrumental in establishing the Schuylkill County Board in 2004 and served as the first County Board President, Vice-President, and is currently Past President and Catholic Action Chairperson.

On the State level, Mary Ann has served as Catholic Action Chairperson, Irish Historian, Secretary, Vice-President, the 2005-2009 Pennsylvania State Webmaster, 2007-2009 State President, and is currently the 2011-2013 Webmaster/Publicity Chairperson.

On the National level, Mary Ann was appointed the 2006-2008 National Webmaster by National President, Dorothy Weldon in Boston in 2006; and in 2008 in New Orleans, was re-appointed the National Webmaster for 2008-2010 by National President Mary Ryan.  On every level—whether it be Division, County, State or National—she has served admirably in all offices, including concurrently serving as State President and National Webmaster.

She has served as a Pennsylvania Delegate to the National Conventions of 2002, 2004, and 2006 including the Constitution Convention, and National Board Delegate in 2008.  She was to serve as a National Delegate at the 2010 convention, but was summoned home from Cincinnati due to a family emergency just prior to the start of the convention.

She is the daughter of the late John J. and Anna Valent Rehnert.  Mary Ann is the widow of Edward P. Lubinsky, to whom she was married for almost 33 years.  She is the mother of two sons and has two granddaughters, and has two “daughters”-in-law.  She has spent the last fifteen years researching her Irish roots through her maternal grandmother, Elizabeth McKeon Rehnert and great-grandmothers, Sarah McCabe McKeon and Margaret Gallagher Rehnert.

Mary Ann is very active in her home parish of St. Stephen Church in Port Carbon where she is a Lector and Extraordinary Minister and where she serves on the Parish Advisory Council.  For the past two years, she has been the Parish Coordinator of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.  Mary Ann retired from her job of seventeen years with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Public Welfare in May 2006.  Since September 1, 2009, she has been employed at St. Stephen’s Church as Parish Secretary.  The job has many responsibilities including superintendent of the parish cemeteries.

In addition to the LAOH and her church, she is active in her community and a member of other organizations including the Historical Society of Schuylkill County where she serves as Secretary of the Board; the Saint Clair Community and Historical Society; and Phoenix Fire Co. #2, Pottsville, where she is the photographer.  She is also a member of several Irish Genealogical Societies and the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.  The enjoyment she receives from family history and doing websites has resulted in her involvement with the IrelandGenWeb and PAGenWeb/USGenWeb projects where she serves as Webmaster for seven Irish websites and eight Pennsylvania genealogy websites respectively.  Mary Ann is a volunteer for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia; and serves each year on the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital/Children’s Miracle Network Golf Tournament Committee.  She is presently involved with the videotaping of WVIA Channel 44, Public Broadcast Station’s production of “Our Town Pottsville.

It is with the utmost pride and enthusiasm that we nominate our worthy sister, Mary Ann Lubinsky, to the Office of National Catholic Action Chairperson or any higher National office that might become available.


Kearney to run for National Treasurer

Frank Kearney Jr. of Connecticut has announced his intention to seek the office of National Treasurer at the 2012 National Convention in New York. Active in the Order since becoming a member in 1977, Kearney is a member of Division 1 in Meriden CT, where he has served in numerous positions, including three terms as Division President and AOH Chairman of several successful Connecticut AOH-LAOH State Conventions hosted by his division. He took his Major Degree in 1988 and has held the position of New Haven County Board President and the CT State Board positions of County Director, Secretary, Vice President and President.

Directors Report

It has been 15 months since the Cincinnati Convention and most of us wonder where the time has gone, as do I. It is an honor and privilege to serve my Hibernian brothers as the Chairman of Anti Defamation and National Director for the West.

It has been 10 years since I was first elected as a National Director. In some ways there are the same issues today as then, but also things have changed in many ways. The way people communicate today is much different than 10 years ago. We have the print media, television with network programs, talk shows, the Internet and social media such as You Tube, Facebook and Twitter.

With information being received much more quickly, it requires the National Board as an organization to disseminate information more quickly as well. This includes responses to those who choose to defame our religion and our Irish heritage.

These slanders seem to persist more often in the month of March, but they do occur each and every month of the year. It is our duty to be vigilant and to notify people and establishments that we do not appreciate the degrading of our Catholic faith or Irish ethnicity.

These past several months I have had a great time meeting our Hibernian brothers and sisters throughout this country. It seemed that both Lois and I have been living out of suit cases, but we have loved every minute of our travels. I assisted in installing California’s state board officers at their convention and at Montana’s state convention installing their state board officers. Congratulations to Ken Jamieson, the newly elected State Board President of California, and Tom Pahut, who was reelected State Board President of Montana. I wish them the best in leading their respected states.

In August I traveled to Pueblo, Colorado. Pueblo has a bit of AOH history. In 1884 there were two AOH Divisions in that city and the cathedral today has a stained glass window sponsored by the AOH. My trip to Pueblo was to make formal presentations to Kayla Cata and Elizabeth Manguso, two young ladies from Pueblo who won the top award for the National History Day. If Elizabeth and Kayla are any indication of the caliber of youth today, then we have nothing to worry about in our future.

While in Colorado we also attended the Lady of Knock Mass and LAOH picnic in Denver. The LAOH of Denver sponsored it. Our brother and sister Hibernians in Denver are wonderful hosts.

October was the AOH National President’s Dinner in Philadelphia. A big thank you goes out to Co-Chairpersons Nancy Cullen and Ed Dougherty for all their hard work in putting on such a wonderful function. The tours of the AOH Halls were a special treat. It was great to see the pride each member had for the history of their hall.

The one concern I continue to have is the isolated AOH divisions and how do we as a National organization support these divisions and assure them they are as important to us as any other member of this organization.

Bob Golden, left, Bill Featherston, Bob and Rose Manguso, Elizabeth Manguso, Kayla Caty, Herman and Michele Cata, Mike O’Connor, Devon Cata at the history award presentation in Pueblo, Colorado.

Maryland News

Maryland State Board Educational Assistance Program winner, Madeline Blakely, granddaughter of Rita Hundley of Baltimore County, Division 14, receives her award at the June State Board meeting.  A check for $1000 is being sent to Stevenson University where Madeline will be pursuing a nursing degree. Pictured are Carol Probst, Chairman, Madeline, Maureen Shettle, Committee member, and State Board President, Kathy Lay.


Sister Eymard Flood receives 2010 Edward Casey Award

On August 22nd, the AOH Jerry O’Keefe Division #3 of Orange County, California presented the sixth Annual AOH Edward Casey award, and what a day it was for the Irish! I was extremely proud to be part of the ceremonies and to witness Sister Eymard Flood receive this year’s award. In fact, Sister Flood was the first woman to receive this prestigious award. Sister was a very popular choice with the Brothers and Sisters of our great Order. She was very appreciative and most gracious in her comments regarding Edward Casey, the Casey family, and receiving the award. Many of Sister’s co-workers and friends were there to join her and all of us at such a wonderful event.  Many thanks to Terry Casey and the Fenians, Muldoon’s, Ken Jamieson, Chuck Gildea, and the entire Casey Family for making such a great day happen. We are already looking forward to hosting the next Edward Casey Award.

Pictured (L to R) Chuck Gildea, past State President, Ken Jamieson, Division #3 President, Sister Eymard Flood, LAOH Chaplain, LAOH Division #1, Terry Casey, lead singer of the Fenians, and Jerry O'Keefe, Orange County Board President.

Veterans Affairs

Pictured (L to R) JJ Kelly, VA Delegate Edward T. Scott, VA State Board President Rich Aleksy, and VA State Veterans Affairs Chairman Bill Halpin.

On April 24th, I was pleased and honored to have been able to be a part of a presentation by Virginia Delegate Ed Scott to VA State Board President Rich Aleksy and Veterans Affairs Chairman Bill Halpin. The Commonwealth of Virginia has designated March 30th of each year as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day to honor the service and contributions of the Commonwealth’s Vietnam-era veterans. Co-sponsored by Delegate Ed Scott and Virginia State Senator Ed Houck, the bill, which was pushed by brother Halpin, passed unanimously through both houses. Per Delegate Scott at the presentation, this is an unusual occurrence. Thank you brother Halpin and all the Virginia state senators and delegates for this wonderful and appreciated piece of legislation.

I have received a request from one of our brothers for help on pursuing a claim through the Department of Veterans Affairs. He was stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during 1957 through 1959. He believes the defoliants used at Gitmo during that period are responsible for the multiple cancers from which he now suffers. No such term such as Agent Orange existed at that time. As an aside, the term Agent Orange probably came from the color of the containers in which it was shipped. Anyway, if anyone has any information relating to use of defoliants at Gitmo during that period, please forward it to me so we can assist this brother in his VA claim.

Congratulations again to Black Jack Kehoe Division for their continuing support of Operation First Response and the Walk for the Wounded at Rose Tree Park, Media, PA, on May 22nd. By the time you read this, that march and its related activities will be history. I plan to join our brothers on that date for an outstanding event to help put a soldier back on his feet. The 2009 walk raised over $150,000. This year’s goal is $175,000. Donations to this wonderful organization can be made at

Finally, please remember to thank a vet or an active duty soldier, sailor, airman or marine. They are a constant reminder that our cherished freedom is not free.

The Illinois Hibernian Sisters Endorse Patricia A. O’Connell for National Office

Patricia A. O’Connell

The Illinois State Board and Illinois Hibernian Sisters enthusiastically endorse Patricia A. O’Connell for the National Office of Irish Historian or any higher office which may become available.  Patricia O’Connell is completing her first term as a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc. National Board serving as the National Missions & Charities Officer.  She has kept the National Board, State Presidents, and State Missions & Charities Officers informed on a quarterly basis of the contributions made by the National, State, & County Boards and local Divisions.  Patricia has been persistent in encouraging the membership to contribute to the designated National Missions & Charities as well as those local Missions & Charities designated by each Division and will  bring a strong skill set to the Office of Irish Historian.  Her attention to detail and organizational skills will support her in carrying out the duties of the National Irish Historian.  Patricia is well suited to serving as the National Irish Historian due to her many decades of service as an educator and administrator in the Catholic and public school environment from pre-school through graduate school. Patricia was recently re-elected to serve as the Illinois State Board President.  She has served as the Illinois State Board Secretary for the past two (2) years previous to her re-election as the Illinois State Board President.  Patricia is an energetic member in her local Peoria County Division 1 serving several terms as the Recording Secretary as well as chairing several committees and events.  She has also been an active delegate at the last six (6) National Conventions.  In addition to being active in her parish church, St. Thomas the Apostle, serving as a Eucharistic Minister, she has served as Parish Council President and Secretary.  Patricia is active in the Irish community currently serving as the President of St. Patrick Society of Peoria, a non-denominational Irish non-profit organization and she is also Secretary for the Friends of Clonmel, a non-profit, Sister City organization with the City of Peoria and Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland.  Patricia has earned her Doctorate in Educational Administration at Illinois State University, her Master’s Degree in Special Education at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in English at Fontbonne University.  She is the eldest daughter of Eileen D. O’Connell and the late George P. O’Connell.  Her mother currently serves as the Illinois State Treasurer and Peoria County Division 1 Treasurer.  Her youngest sister Kelli is also a Hibernian. The State of Illinois Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc. membership proudly endorses Patricia A. O’Connell for the National Office of Irish Historian or any higher office which may be available.  The State Board and the five (5) Illinois Divisions ask you to vote in support of Patricia A. O’Connell for National Office at the 95th Biennial National Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio.